On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery, located at 317 West Cross Street in Ypsilanti, Michigan, joined forces with Sacred Star Productions [SacredStar.com] to present the second installment of their monthly music & spoken word variety show series, which takes place the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 PM. The show was video recorded by Dark Elf Entertainment of Ypsilanti and will be publicly broadcast on wdee-tv.com, as well as this Vimeo channel.

Each month, through June 10th, "The Cross St. Chronicles" Variety Show will spotlight four to five musicians and spoken word artists from across the SE Michigan/NW Ohio region, followed by a short Open Mic segment to close the show. The show is hosted by Michigan Poet & Author Craig A. Combs―author of Taking Tea in the Black Rose, a 2011 published poetry anthology―and the complete lineup for this event went as follows:

A Tribute to Matt Ernst ― Ann Arbor Slam Master, Poet, Published Writer

Samantha Steinbacher w/ Jayme Mester ― EMU Music Major, Singer-Songwriter

Zach Damon ― EMU Film Major, Voice and Stage Actor

Jill Halpern ― U of M Professor, Poet, Storyteller


Cindy Bosley ― Toledo Writing Instructor, Published Poet

Tiffany Wiesend ― Singer-Songwriter, Ukulelist, Musical Theater Artist

❄ OPEN MIC ❄ ― Edward Morin, Mikea LaPierre, R.J. Fox

This episode is comprised of the first two acts―Craig A. Combs's Tribute to Matt Ernst and Samantha Steinbacher.

Anyone who is interested in being featured in a future installment of The Cross St. Chronicles should contact Craig Combs at craigacombs[at]me[dot]com. Signup for the Open Mic will be limited to no more than six (6) slots of five (5) minutes each and should present the performer's original work. Starting in March, signup will begin at 7:00 PM and closes at the midpoint break. Names will be drawn from that list to determine the Open Mic lineup.

This is an all-ages event, and admission is FREE to everyone. To contact the host venue, the Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery, call (734) 484-4684 or find them on the web at uglymugypsi.com.

Special Thanks to:
Kayj Michelle ― Ugly Mug Cafe Events Manager & the entire Ugly Mug staff
Tony Dixon & Jennifer Bontekoe ― WDEE-TV Videographers
Linda Combs & Dorothy Kuhl ― Reception Catering

"Terrapin Crossroads" from KEYS for the Rex Foundation provided courtesy of Keller Williams
Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter ©1977 ― Ice Nine Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)

For more information on this recording and the Rex Foundation, please visit KellerWilliams.net or RexFoundation.org .


Run time: 32:40 (approx.)

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